First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Culture in conversation with actress Elena Drapeko news.ru He noted that no one could forbid him from hanging a portrait of Alla Pugacheva in the foyer of the Variety Theatre.
“This is not a question for me. If he violated the law and was deprived of citizenship of the Russian Federation, this is only a condemnation. We can only condemn, not ban,” said Drapeko.
Following the renovation of the theatre, which was completed at the end of October, audiences noticed in the foyer a black and white portrait of a singer who once performed at the cultural institution.
“I don’t understand at all why this has caused such controversy and public outcry. We have been working for a month and absolutely all folk artists of the USSR are hanging on our walls. Among them, of course, is Alla Borisovna. Why take it out? — aforementioned Variety Theater press secretary Karina Zakharova.
The institution’s artistic director, Gennady Khazanov, refused to answer the question about the portrait.
Previously at the Bolshoi Theater commented Rumors that Gergiev was appointed director.
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